Team BLAZE given opportunity to explore variety of airframes during fly-in

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  • By Airman Davis Donaldson
  • 14th Flying Training Wing Public Affairs
Airmen from several major commands flew in a variety of aircraft to Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi, Dec. 10 to show and inform members of Team BLAZE about their missions.

The exhibition started at 11:30 a.m. on the SAC Ramp with static displays. The event was open to all of Team BLAZE and their families, but provided an opportunity for student pilots to check out and engage with potential aircraft they could one day be assigned to fly.

Second Lt. Connor Hari, a future student pilot, attended the fly-in. Hari said he gained more intuition than he thought he would.

“It was super cool,” said Hari. “I was honestly surprised how many planes were out there. It definitely gave me a lot of insight and will help me choose an aircraft when the time comes.”

As Airmen arrived to observe and tour the different displays, aircrews stayed nearby to answer questions about capabilities and history of the aircraft.

Capt. Joe Barton, 14th Operations Group Commander’s Action Group, assisted in the coordination of the event and talked about its significance for Columbus AFB.

“By doing these events and bringing these planes in, the whole base gets to see what’s going on in the Air Force and the fruits of their labor,” Barton said.

Barton later said the visit was not only for the student pilots to grasp a better understanding of various aircraft. He said he wanted other Airmen, civilians and families to connect and realize they are a part of Team BLAZE as well.

Some of the aircraft on display included F-16 Fighting Falcons, a C-17 Globemaster III, an A-10 Thunderbolt, a U-28, plus many more.

Capability briefings at the Columbus Club followed the static display presentations. Attendees got an in-depth brief about each aircraft’s intent, its abilities and mission.